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Old 08-12-04, 10:19 AM   #13
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That's awesome and really well written. Good job.

There are a couple of questions that I've been wanting to ask and this seems like as good a time as any.

First, what is the superscalar architechture? It just seems like buzzwords that sound awesome but really don't mean anything.

And what is IQ in reference to video cards?
Thanks for the feedback! Superscalar basically means that four instructions and eight operations per pixel are possible on the NV4x product line (double that of past architectures). [H] had a good explanation here (near bottom of the page).
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Old 08-12-04, 10:22 AM   #14
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Looks like the 9800XT is dead in thw water now along with all the FX 59XX cards ......


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As I understand things currently the 6800 series only has decoding functionality while the 6600 series has both decoding and encoding. More details will come from NVIDIA on this in the coming days/weeks.

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Does this mean that the 6600 series has better functionality in this aspect, but the 6800 series will get encoding through a driver update later?
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Old 08-12-04, 10:26 AM   #16
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How does Nvidia get its hand on a X600xt ?

They ask for a swap ?
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Old 08-12-04, 10:29 AM   #17
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I must really start considring a SLI mobo for my next upgrade (a.k.a nForce 4) ..
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Old 08-12-04, 10:35 AM   #18
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Nice preview and I look forward to the full review (of SLI, etc.).

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I must really start considring a SLI mobo for my next upgrade (a.k.a nForce 4)
My thoughts exactly.
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im amazed at how short the card is. looks like a winner for nvidia.
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I was looking forward to see NVidia's new midrange offering but, now that it has been officially announced, I'm kind of disappointed:

128MB only: looking at the pics, it seems that the reference design does not allow more than 4 memory chips on the GT.Since the trend in videogames is for more and more video memory to store larger texture and vertex data, 128Mb for a midrange card does not seem future proof to me, esepecially if the card already has the potential to use high resolutions or anti-aliasing.

Absolute lack of info on the AGP part: seriously, how many PCIe boards do they think the market can absorb? Right now, the only PCIe platform available is based on the i9xx chipset and it's still showing teething problems. It is safe to assume that they won't appear in numbers before 2005. Besides, how many people are going to purchase the latest and hottest piece of technology to use a midrange card ?
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I was looking forward to see NVidia's new midrange offering but, now that it has been officially announced, I'm kind of disappointed:

128MB only: looking at the pics, it seems that the reference design does not allow more than 4 memory chips on the GT.Since the trend in videogames is for more and more video memory to store larger texture and vertex data, 128Mb for a midrange card does not seem future proof to me, esepecially if the card already has the potential to use high resolutions or anti-aliasing.

Absolute lack of info on the AGP part: seriously, how many PCIe boards do they think the market can absorb? Right now, the only PCIe platform available is based on the i9xx chipset and it's still showing teething problems. It is safe to assume that they won't appear in numbers before 2005. Besides, how many people are going to purchase the latest and hottest piece of technology to use a mdirange card ?
Conjecture at this stage is just that. We won't know anything for sure until these cards are tested. 128MB for 1024x768 resolution gaming (where most mainstreamers game at) is nothing to sneeze at. I agree that the PCI Express part being released before the AGP part is somewhat puzzling. However, given the fact that NVIDIA is focusing on the OEM market (of which who knows the percentage moving towards PCI Express at this point) this may turn out to make good business sense. I'm sure they have some pretty good reasons that we're not privy to.
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Currently?
Does this mean that the 6600 series has better functionality in this aspect, but the 6800 series will get encoding through a driver update later?
I kind of doubt that this is solely a driver issue but I could obviously be wrong. We will know much more about the video encoding/decoding features in the coming week or two.
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It has been said in other previews that the chip can support up to 256MB of ram, but that will be up to the board manufacturers. Even some of the mainstream/low end GFFX boards shipped with 256MB of ram, so it may be very likely that some cards will have 256MB. But perhaps not right away.

There's room for 8 memory chips on the board - the back side of many cards have had ram on them as well. The chips shown in the picture are 256 mega bit which = 32MB. 4*32 on the front + 4*32 on the back = 256MB.
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Old 08-12-04, 11:02 AM   #24
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Not that it looks like a bad card or anything...but you still can't find the 6800 GT or Ultra in any sort of quantity whatsoever, especially at MSRP. I'd rather they concentrate on making the cards they "launched" almost 6 months ago available to consumers than "releasing" yet another part I'll never see.

What difference does it make if they "won this round" if you can't even get the d*mn cards?
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